Seminary of Brasilia
Seminário Maior de
Estrada Parque Dom Bosco - SHIS IQ-17 LAGO SUL
Caixa Postal 7026
CEP 71619-970 - DF - BRASIL
Contact: Fr. Marco Antonio Forero Reyes, p.s.s.,
Ph.: (55-61) 366-1919 or 366-2022
Fax: (55-61) 366-1316
Brief History of
the Seminary of Our Lady of Fatima
of Brasília was inaugurated on April 21, 1960 as the new
capital of Brazil. Meanwhile, the Archdiocese of Brasília was
into existence under the leadership of Dom José Newton de
Baptista, who previously held the seat of Bishop of Urugaiana (1944)
and Archbishop of Diamantina (1954). Since the creation of the
archdiocese by Pope John XXIII, the project of a new seminary appears.
The new archbishop sees this as one of his first pastoral duties. On
March 1, 1962, he inaugurates a minor seminary which he entrusted to
the Lazarist Fathers.
Subsequently, he sought a solution to the problem of
priests for his young archdiocese. Through the Apostolic Nuncio, Dom
Camine Rocco, he contacts the General Superior of Saint Sulpice, Fr.
Constant Bouchaud, with a request of collaboration by the Sulpicians at
the foundation of a new major seminary. Following a site visit by the
Provincial Superior of the Canadian Province of Saint Sulpice, Fr.
Roland Dorris, the Sulpicians took charge of the seminary that opens
its doors in March 1976.
On February 10 of the same year, the
first Rector, Fr. Rodrigo Arango
Velásquez, p.s.s. arrives in Bogotá with Fr.
Télesphore Gagnon, p.s.s.
Fr. Damasceno Assis, who later will become Auxiliary Bishop of
and Secretary of the National Conference of Brazilian Bishops (CNBB),
assists them in their work. This is the team that welcomes on March 8,
1976 the first eight seminarians. And on March 25, Feast of the
Annunciation, the official inauguration of the new house is celebrated.
In 1981, Fr. Álvaro Jaramillo succeeds the first rector and the
following year, the seminary offers to the Church its first priests:
two for Brasilia, one for Goiania and one for Vitória da
subsequent years, the seminary will welcome students from more than 16
dioceses and 5 religious communities. Subsequently, succeed as rectors
of the house, Fr. Nelson Londoño, p.s.s. (1987), Fr. Humberto
Pacheco, p.s.s. (1994), Fr. Jacques D'Arcy, p.s.s. (2000), Fr.
Pacheco Jorge Rojas, p.s.s. (2005) and Fr. Marco Antonio Forero Reyes
Current Status of the Seminary
The Seminary currently has 90 seminarians from 6 dioceses. The largest
number (38) come from Brasília.
others belong to 5 dioceses:
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Elements of formation
The Seminary wants to provide its students with a university level
education open to humanism, a formation that enables everyone to
develop his Christian faith, to nourish his spiritual life and to make
him able to transmit the Gospel to the human person of today. To be
admitted to the seminary, one must have completed high school. The
curriculum is developed in two stages:
- A cycle of philosophy of three years. To the basic studies in
philosophy, cosmology, anthropology, critics and ontology, an
introduction to the Sacred Scriptures and to pastoral care is added.
- A cycle of theology of four years increases the knowledge of the
Sacred Scriptures as well as the theology of the mysteries of Christ,
while preparing more immediately to the pastoral ministry. It also
addresses ecclesiastical sciences: Church history, liturgy and canon
The Seminary has 44 professors of
whom 10 belong to the formation team under the direction of the Rector,
Fr. Marco Antonio Forero Reyes, p.s.s.